Neddy Artist Awards

Cornish College of the Arts prepares its students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. The Neddy Artist Awards are a beacon of this mission. The Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $1,500, to visual artists based in the Puget Sound region. Any artist who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident living and working in Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state is welcome to apply.

The 2018 Neddy call closed on July 22, 2018.


2018 Neddy Artists’ Showcase at Cornish Playhouse

The work of the 2018 Neddy Artist Award winners and finalists will be shown at the Cornish Playhouse Gallery from November 14 to December 16, 2018. 

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cornish Playhouse Gallery, 201 Mercer Street.

Located in the main lobby of the famed Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, the Neddy Artists' Showcase is open to the public, noon to 5:00 p.m., on November 15-16, November 23-25, December 7, and December 14. 

The gallery is open to all ticket holders attending a performance at the Cornish Playhouse between November 14 and December 16.

2018 Neddy Artist Awards Winners

On October 11, Director of the Neddy Artist Awards Melissa Feldman announced the winners of the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards were Lakshmi Muirhead for painting and Timea Tihanyi for open medium.

This year’s painting finalists are:

Andrea Joyce Heimer, Ferndale
David Hytone, Seattle

Ann Leda Shapiro, Vashon Island

This year’s open medium finalists are:

Dawn Cerny, Seattle
Aaron Flint Jamison, Seattle

Jono Vaughan, Seattle

The finalists were selected by three regional jurors: Nina Bozicnik, Associate Curator, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; John Feodorov, artist, 2002 Neddy finalist, and Associate Professor at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham; and Sandra Percival, Director and Curator, Zena Zezza, Portland.

The winners were selected by Rochelle Steiner, the national juror for the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards. Associate Director & Chief Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Steiner previously served as Professor and Dean at the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California; Director of the Public Art Fund in New York; Chief Curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London; and Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Steiner has commissioned and curated major exhibitions and large-scale public art projects in the United States, Europe and Asia, including Access + Ability (co-curated with Cara McCarty) at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; 6 Under 60, an exhibition about emerging international cities for the 2011 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism; Olafur Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls and Chris Burden’s What My Dad Gave Me at Rockefeller Center, both in New York, among many others. She has curated monographic exhibitions including Glenn Brown, John Currin, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons, Monika Sosknowka, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. She is the lead author and editor of monographs on Do Ho Suh’s drawings and Sarah Charlesworth’s photography (DelMonico Prestel, 2014 & 2017), and her numerous essays and interviews have appeared in exhibition catalogues and publications including ParkettModern PaintersArt Review, and World of Interiors. Steiner received an MA and PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York.